06-03-2017, 11:47 AM
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Tom had an interesting thread in March and April, called "Making a Brush", in which he detailed the process of designing and making his own handles.  In that thread, he made both cement and wood handles. 

 http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=47772

Tom was generous and gave me one of his cement handles.  I was delighted to get a unique handle made by one of our members.  Here is the handle after it arrived.

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I decided I would put a 24mm synthetic knot in the handle.  I happened to have a new 24mm Plisson type knot which I had no plans for, so I decided to try that first.

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It then occurred to me that the grey cement handle would look good with one of the black synthetic knots.  I had never tried these black synthetic knots, so here was a good reason to order one.  When the knot arrived I set it to a 54mm loft, which I felt would be good for this knot.  As I expected, the black knot and grey cement handle go together well.
 
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First shave was with the Asylum Old Virginia soap.  Handle, knot and soap all performed superbly.  Just starting to face lather in this shot. 

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At the end of a 3-pass shave.

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I appreciate Tom giving me this handle, and it's another illustration of what a great community we have at TSN.  This handle has the most character of any of the brushes in my den, and after only one shave I know it's a keeper.

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 06-03-2017, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for sharing, Ricardo.  I also enjoyed Tom's journey and his generosity was the icing on the cake.  Enjoy the brush...

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 06-03-2017, 12:53 PM
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Very cool!

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 06-03-2017, 01:03 PM
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I saw a bowl suitable for soap at The Container Store that would match that brush perfectly!

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 06-03-2017, 06:19 PM
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Tom did a great job with those brushes, the handle design is very sharp and you're right that black knot really looks good with the concert handle.

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 06-03-2017, 06:25 PM
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Looks Great Ricardo!

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 06-03-2017, 06:46 PM
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+1 on the black knot and handle combo. Looks pretty cool.


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 06-03-2017, 10:04 PM
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The black knot really sets of the concrete handle, it looks great in my opinion. Got sort of an industrial vibe going on... and it seems to me a lather making machine as well Wink

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 06-04-2017, 07:16 AM
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Ricardo, that's really looking great.  The black/grey combo is perfect!  What size knot did you use? 22mm or 24mm?  It looks like its a lather machine.

After a few uses the handle should start to feel a bit leathery and "seal" itself.  The finish won't be blotchy and you'll start to see some water beading on the handle.  I'm glad you are enjoying it -- give us some updates as you get more uses under your belt.

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 06-04-2017, 07:41 AM
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Ricardo, great looking brush! Congrats!!

Tom, awesome design!

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 06-04-2017, 06:14 PM
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(06-04-2017, 07:16 AM)wreck | fish Wrote: Ricardo, that's really looking great.  The black/grey combo is perfect!  What size knot did you use? 22mm or 24mm?  It looks like its a lather machine.

After a few uses the handle should start to feel a bit leathery and "seal" itself.  The finish won't be blotchy and you'll start to see some water beading on the handle.  I'm glad you are enjoying it -- give us some updates as you get more uses under your belt.

Tom, I used a 24mm knot.  And yes, this black synthetic knot is a lather machine.  It's my first experience with a black synthetic knot, and I may end up liking it better than the Plisson type.

This handle shape is well designed and ergonomic.  For a size comparison, here it is next to a Chubby 2.

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